"Farm Girl", said Uncle Mac, "This has been a terrible gardening year. What did we actually wind up with? Kale? Chard? When is the last time collards failed? 1650?"
"I wasn't around in 1650." Farm Girl reminded him. "You might ask Millie. But cheer up! The garlic looks good; the cloves we put in a week or so ago popped up unexpectedly."
"In a few weeks we can dry Agnes out for a day and let her cover the new shoots with straw for extra protection."
Uncle regarded Farm Girl speculatively.
"You know, speaking of unexpected pop-ups..."
Farm Girl tried to look indignant but failed miserably.
"Hay loft, you Old Goat?" she queried.
"Hay loft would be fine." replied the Old Goat.